Direct from Market: Dallas
Retail Editor 5 -- Gifts & Dec, January 25, 2013
There was plenty of new and plenty of traffic at the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, held January 16-22. Upon entering the World Trade Center, visitors were greeted with striking trend displays before entering the Atrium area, which was inhabited by three large exhibitors of the new mouth-watering "Luxury Finds."
Celebrity guest speakers John Gidding and Curtis Stone held audiences rapt with their presentations. Gidding showed that there is more to curb appeal than landscaping; accessories play an important role in boosting a look. Chef Curtis Stone cooked up a storm that even had buyers and exhibitors alike hanging over the railings from the upper floors to watch and listen.
Saro, best known for its extensive collection of textiles, has entered a
Also entering a new category is Park Hill Collection. The compan
Park Hill Collection
Coton Colors' new Swap Tabletop collection allows one to mix and match
Little River Gift introduced the American Print collection of signs with inspirational messages, frames and crosses that are manufactured in Oklahoma.
The Unemployed Philosopher's Guide introduced the Money Talks collection of Tyvek wallets with sound chips. When the wallet is opened, it makes an appropriate quote or sound related to the imagery. The company also offered die-cut cards of different personalities—Shakespeare, Mark Twain, etc.—with different stickers of quotes and sayings to create your own message.
A fresh new stationery company Paradise Papers exhibited in the Design Finds section of the show. This small
Back in June, Arthur Court introduced a selection of jewelry and the collection has been such a hit; it has since doubled. The pieces are made of the same
Kurt S. Adler has caught the fashion accessories bug. The company has launched a
Kurt S. Adler
Blithe debuted in Dallas with its lightweight cotton voile pajamas, night gowns and scarves in colorful prints that are all hand block-printed in India. Although the garments are listed as nightwear, the night gowns can easily be worn as
Watches take a bright fashion turn. Slap watches introduced its new spring line in bright colors and patterns. IKen Watches offers a fun mix-and-match concept to make a personal fashion statement with a watch. The customer chooses the bands, the watch face and the frame for the watch face. The options are nearly limitless. The pieces can be
The Amanda Blu collection of affordable fashion jewelry, sandals and scarves continues to grow. The company introduced the Cache line of jewelry pieces with Swarovski elements that were drawing buyer interest. The company's bracelets and necklaces with colorful silk-wrapped chain elements are strikingly elegant.
For a sophisticated Bohemian look, Alpaca Flower, showcased a line of accessories made in Peru and featuring bright hand-embroidered floral designs. The line includes wide belts, headbands, bags, pillows and more. There is also a line of vegetable ivory jewelry and striking cuff bracelets made from natural horn.
If vendors aren't expanding their jewelry lines, they're expanding into baby and kids. K&K Interiors teamed up with Lynda Leciejewski to create a wide collection of baby gifts and clothing. The line includes everything from T-shirts, to sweaters to socks, to accessories and more. Some of the pieces also include a collection of hand-painted clothing with seasonal (Christmas and Halloween), as well as everyday design motifs.
Aden + Anais got its start when Australian mom Raegan Moya-Jones moved to the U.S. and couldn't find swaddling blankets for her baby. So she set out to make them herself. The swaddles she designed are big enough for swaddling,
Aden + Anais
For a little older kids, Knock Knock presented Reading Rumpus, a "fun toolkit for book-crazy kids." It includes activities such as "rate your book," stickers, bookmark your favorite part and more.
Arteriors Home's latest designer collaboration is with Barry Dixon. The interior designer found inspiration in his
Amy Howard At Home
Furniture designer Amy Howard launched a collection of DIY solutions for refinishing/salvaging furniture. The line includes items such as furniture stripper, a zinc solution to give metal the look of aged zinc, furniture paint, antique mirror solution and more. It is a great-and easy-solution for home projects.
The student designers of the Working Class Studio continue to develop creative new product designs for a contemporary audience, whether it is a clock inspired by a circular saw blade or repurposed men's ties upcycled into wearable art.
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Lappers, the ergonomic dinner tray that is designed to keep things from slipping and spilling, introduced the
For those of us who love their coffee on the go but find there are times when you need a free hand, the new JavaHook might be the answer. The JavaHook slides under the cup's sleeve, and voila! The cup can be hung on the shopping cart handle, on the airline seatback tray, etc.
Branching out into new territory, Starlite Originals introduced the My Soul's Window
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Speaking of Vintage...
Over in Market Hall, the Vintage Finds section of the show is a treasure trove of antiques and unique one-of-a-kind items. In the furniture section, there are pieces for the buyer looking for interesting pieces that can be used for display merchandisers as well as for sale. In the Gift and Jewelry section, buyers can find creative companies repurposing vintage materials into new items, such as jewelry from My Mother's Buttons and Orange Box Jewelry. Another interesting exhibitor was The Lost Highway Sign Company which cuts up old license plates and combines the letters and numbers into wall art messages and more.
More to come from Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Stay tuned.
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